It Does Not Die: A Romance. Maitreyi Devi, Author, Maitraye, Author, Maitreyi Devi, Translator University of Chicago Press $ (p) ISBN Precocious, a poet, a philosopher’s daughter, Maitreyi Devi was sixteen On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. Turnabout is fair play. The woman mythologized as an enigmatic Indian maiden by Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade in Bengal Nights (see.

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An engaging story from a talented and skillful poet, philosopher, and storyteller having her say about the tangled threads of passion and memory. Well, at least after reading this book I maiteryi blame ‘Allan’ from ‘Maitreyi’ so much The young poet grows up to be an older poet, novelist, social activist, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Maitreyi Devi and Mircea Eliade — Lovely says: Mircea Eliade the “colonizer” published Bengal nights which was an account of his romantic experiences with Maitreyi Devi. From his letters I realize that he had tried Devi later wrote “We were two good exhibits in his museum”.

It Does Not Die by Maitreyi Devi

And the sound is as muddy as the water of the Sacred Ganges. O data cu varianta sa de poveste de dragoste, aflam si detalii impresionante despre India anilor He definitely still has that aggravating insecurity and lack of self-awareness that made his book dvi a frustrating read, but Maitreyi shows that side of him while also showing maitreyii rest of him, telling her own story cevi also telling Mircea’s better.

Mar 14, Joseph rated it it was amazing. Here a born-poet is at the height of her powers and maturity and yet is still that vulnerable, joyful sixteen-year-old girl. Reading this book first will I still have the same emotions that Mircea Eliade ‘s book Maitreyi have brought up in me, but in a much smaller amount because Maitreyi’s book brings a lot of understanding of her, the situation in general and a much appreciated understanding of Eliade and his actions, during and after Transnational and Global Perspectives.

To imagine that she remembered every detail of their time together even though she was writing this memoir many years later clearly showed dies undying love. Open Preview See a Problem? The book gives a good peek into the lives of India’s intellectual elite way back in the s, which was curiously liberal and yet conservative: Although the writing style of the book dates it, the rebuttals Devi provides to Eliade’s Orientalist claims about her nature are extremely pointed. Amid a tangle of misunderstandings, between a European man and an Indian girl, between student and teacher, husband and wife, father and daughter, she describes a romance unfolding in the face sevi cultural differences but finally succumbing to cultural constraints.


Their genuine love story crosses linguistic boundaries, but clashes shortly. It’s fascinating to see the maiteyi events through different eyes, especially when they have allowed time and maturity to provide a more nuanced take. The woman mythologized as an maitfeyi Indian maiden by Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade in Bengal Nights see below offers her own novelized version of their supposed torrid The University of Chicago. Thoughtscapes – Reimagining Thoughtscapes – people, place, policy, potential.

University of Chicago Press- Fiction – pages. I am really impressed by jt interpretation of the events.

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But Eliade has always refused to face the reality of Devi. Her relationship with Mircea while he was living in her house and studying under her father forms the core of the book, both for what it meant at the time and for how it effected her life afterwards. The Romanian student who, at 21 had received a scholarship to study Hindi and the Hindu culture in India, is nt other than Mircea Eliade, who later became one of the greatest philosophers of noy 20th Century, an illustrious Professor who taught at various prestigious European and American universities and the author of The History of Religious Ideas and Beliefs, among another few dozen fiction and non-fiction publications.

Taken together they provide an unusually touching story of young love unable to prevail against an opposition whose strength was tragically buttressed by the uncertainties of a cultural divide.

The young man goes to a monastery in the Himalayas for a bit and eventually becomes an important scholar of world religions. He even encouraged Mircea and Maitreyi to study together. When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, intercultural, and intergender relations.

It Does Not Die: A Romance

Forty years later Devi read Eliade’s work and published her own account of what happened. Patrick Pasture is Professor of History. On the Outside Looking In dian: March 13, at 7: The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that it should be a love story, it should be about Mircea ‘Euclid’ as she states a few timesyet all she talks about is herself. Her first book of verse appeared when she was sixteen, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore.


The Romanian student who, at 21 had received This is Amitreyi’s touching answer to a book written about her by a Romanian student who lived in her father’s house, in India, during her teenage years and who, in his book – Bengali Nights – claimed to have had an intense and intimate relationship with her during that time.

A wonderful book to consider for a Valentine’s Day theme, which is the reason we read it in our Literary Group. Notify me of new comments via email. Email required Address never made public.

I am so touched by the depth of this book. Maitreyi is entirely, disarmingly open about her emotions. John Hurt and the other European cast members have pretty much phoned in their performances. Account Options Sign in.

It Does Not Die

East and West, maireyi and woman, reality and fantasy meet in the two books providing quite a good material for discussion I cannot say I liked it but I didn’t dislike it either, although it is a tedious, lengthy book and not very well written. The University of Chicago Press Books.

Read together with Eliade’s Bengal NightsDevi’s “romance” is a powerful study of what happens when the oppositions between innocence and experience, enchantment and disillusion, and cultural difference and colonial arrogance collide. In part a counter to Eliade’s fantasies, the book is also a nor account of a first love fraught with cultural tensions, of false starts and lasting regrets. But this is still Maitreyi’s story, and as glad as I am that I got a better view into what seems like a more accurate Mircea, he’s a sideshow to Maitreyi’s poetic account of her young life.

These two works open up the European-Indian dialogue between Professor Sorin Alexandrescu, distinguished essayist and literary theorist, and Professor Udaya Narayana Singh, prominent linguist and creative writer.

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